Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has announced the new second generation of the Nexus 7 on Wednesday, and by looking at the specs, the device indeed looks powerful. It comes with a 7-inch screen, quad-core processor, 2GB RAM and a 1920 x 1200 resolution with 323 PPI. Yes, it beats mostly every 7-inch device out there from the likes of Apple and Amazon.
Nexus 7 receives a 7 out of 10
iFixit, a company famous for its tear downs has got their hands on the brand new Nexus 7 and they gave an impressive 7 out of 10 repairability score (10 being the easiest to repair).
iFixit says that the rear case is very easy to open with a plastic opening tool but still they cracked it. There’s light glue applied to most parts of the device, but as we know, nothing can stand in iFixit’s way.
The battery is the first noticeable part which is rated at 3.8V 3,950mAh, but surprisingly, there’s an inductive charging coil as the tablet supports wireless charging. The NFC module sits at the top of the inductive charging coil.
Nexus 7 hardware
Talking about the hardware that lies under the hood, then second generation Nexus 7 is powered by a Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon S4 Pro Quad-Core CPU with Adreno 320 GPU. There are also four Elpida 512MB RAM chips, Texas Instruments Inductive Charging Controller, Qualcomm Atheros WLAN a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, SK Hynix 16 GB eMMC NAND Flash and a Qualcomm Quick Charge Battery Management IC.
Overall iFixit says that the device is easy to open and repair. This is particularly good for those who have a tendency to drop their devices. However, the “front glass is adhered to the display frame, meaning you’ll need a heat gun to get the LCD out.”
A repairability score of 7 out of 10 is indeed impressive, looking at Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s competitor (like Apple) and how poor a repairable score they get. Of course, if you’re going to crack it open then it’ll void the warranty of your device and that’s why you should always proceed with caution. You’ve been warned!